Forklift Fails Video 2017

We shouldn’t laugh at accidents but watching this video gives us a chuckle whilst also reminding us that safety isn’t something to be taken lightly. Luckily no one was seriously injured this time but slacking, cutting corners and generally mucking around with heavy machinery can have severe consequences.

Check out the forklift training courses to see what you can do to avoid appearing on the next ‘Forklift Fails’ video.

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Forklift Trucks and Mobile Phones

It’s illegal to use a mobile phone whilst driving your car so what do you think the law is for when you’re using a forklift? Well, whilst it’s not illegal (unless you’re on a public road) there are some serious health and safety issues to consider.

A risk assessment should be undertaken to identify what those issues are and the biggest factor will be distraction, much the same reason why phones are banned whilst driving. Yes, you could use a hands-free kit but forklifts are some very hefty pieces of machinery and in a warehouse there will be higher risks.

If you do need to operators to keep in contact and communicate then there are safer communications devices you can install in your warehouse.

There are other ways for driving to get distracted too and that could be an unsecured item, in this case a mobile phone, falling within the cab area and the driving making a reflex grab for it and losing control.

Your risk assessment will identify this and any other issues and as management you will need to make these rules and protect all your workers.

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Occupational Outlook: Forklift Operator’s in the US

The demand for forklift operators continues to rise as the manufacturing sector of the United States gains momentum and creates jobs in the economy. Those employed to operate forklifts are required to lift, transport, and deliver heavy loads from one location to another using sit down rider forklifts and warehouse lifts. Forklift operators are also trained to drive personal lifts (also called aerial lifts) such as telehandlers, boom lifts and scissor lifts. These types of forklifts are designed to lift the operator rather than a load to heights greater than 16 feet. Other tasks may also include minor repairs or routine maintenance, keeping records of transported materials, and adhering to project schedules from supervisors.

Work Environment

The work environment for an operator can vary any where from an industrial complex to an agricultural farm. Manufacturing accounts for more than 30% of all forklift operator jobs followed by transportation and wholesale trade. Because a forklift operator must work with heavy loads on a daily basis, they must follow safety procedures and practice proper use of the equipment.

Forklift operators often work a minimum of eight-hour shifts, but working hours can vary based on the company, industry and the type of materials needed to be transported. Many forklift operators work 2nd or 3rd shifts in facilities with 24-hour operations and overnight shipments.

Job Training

While some companies provide on-the-job training for operators, other businesses may require the applicants to have certification that demonstrates that they have completed proper training on forklift operation and safety. Online courses are available while local community colleges also offer instruction as well. On-site courses typical can last a day up to several weeks depending on the schedule. Topics covered in training include steering, maneuvering, vehicle safety and maintenance. Upon finishing an onsite or online course, a certificate of completion and an operator’s license is given to the student.

Some companies also require that fork lift operators earn OSHA safety certification before being allowed to use any vehicle. OSHA certification covers government safety guidelines for both companies and forklift operators in the use of such vehicles, and is included as part of the training of many on-site forklift certification courses. Finally, a high school diploma and a valid driver’s license is also a minimum requirement for job applicants.

Job Outlook

As of 2010, 522,000 people held industrial truck operator jobs in the United States. According to recent government reports, the job outlook for forklift operators will remain steady with overall growth in new positions projected to increase by 12% through 2020 to approximately 600,000 jobs. This will be largely due to increased building of new manufacturing plants and warehouses used store materials and merchandise.

Pay Range

The average pay range for operators falls is $12 – $14 an hour or $15,000 – $33,000 yearly salary. In addition to vehicle operation, jobs may require applicants to be able to manually lift up to 50 pounds and handle additional responsibilities in the company such as maintenance, and customer service. This pay range is expected to remain constant over the next few years.

Forklift operators review their job position as fast-paced and rewarding. If you are currently seeking employment as an operator, please submit your resume to the Human Resources Department at 123Forklift (E-mail: Jessica@123Forklift.com ). We can assist you in finding a new position in the USA and Canada.

Jessica Howle works with hundreds of used forklift dealerships to increase their client base and revenue through competitive marketing campaigns. Her website provides resources for both buyers and sellers.

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What’s it like to be a forklift driver?

Being a forklift driver is  a varied and involved job. Whilst some people may at first think it is a boring and unskilled job, there are several skills and duties the driver must be competent in. For a start, there are numerous styles of forklifts as well as a number of considerations relating to safety which is why operators should have their forklift certification. Given the emphasis that is placed on industrial safety these days, it is now more important than ever to be conversant with safety skills. Depending on the style of forklift, whether it is a vehicle style cabin, or a Crown Forklift stock picker, will dictate some extra safety considerations.

If you are a driver who rides on the fork control section where the driver moves up and down with the forks and load, there is a requirement to also be attached by a safety harness to the cabin control area, in case of any mishap. I would like to emphasis that being a forklift driver is normally quite safe, but like anything, precautions are required. There are also significant fines and penalties if safety regulations are ignored.

In most cases, a forklift operator is required to move loads on pallets from one place to another, such as in a storage warehouse, or when unpacking or packing trucks. When a vehicle is loaded, care and attention needs to be taken in ensuring that the weight of the load is evenly spread across the vehicle. This is to prevent any accidents should the vehicle be required to decelerate in a hurry. An unsafe load can actually be a projectile hazard.

In addition, in a warehouse environment, it is sometimes safer to ensure that heavier loads are stored near ground level. However, this depends on the type of loads. In addition, if a stock picker is used, when the forks are moved high to pick a load from a high shelf, it is imperative that the load be lowered to near ground level, and only then, should the driver commence driving. A failure to obey this safety rule can cause the forklift to topple. I don’t think much more needs to be said in a case like that, given the weight of a forklift.

There is a great weight in the base of the units to cope with the center of gravity. This prevents the forklift being unstable when a load is picked up, or placed high. However, again, to reiterate, any load should be moved only when the forks are lowered, or at least, not in their highest position. Other considerations are that the roadway needs to be very clear and free of debris, as a stock picker can become unbalanced on an unsafe surface.

Being a forklift driver also requires the ability to judge distances and to be alert to any situations that may seem out of the ordinary. Whilst forklifts are not high speed vehicles, it is important that they are maintained well, and drivers need to be Conscientious about their vehicle’s systems and safety breaks too, in the event of an emergency.

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Forklift Operator Definitely Has The Skills

It may not be exactly useful, and there are definitely more practical things to use a forklift for but we just had to give credit to the guy below for his skills in not only picking up a coin but putting it in a bottle!

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Top 20 Forklift Manufacturers in 2013

Top 20 Forklifts

It really is a two horse race for who would be the top manufacturer by forklift sales and revenues in 2013 and it will come as no surprise to see that Toyota came out on top followed closely by the Kion Group. If you’re working with Forklift trucks then there is a high likelihood that you will be operating trucks by one of these companies.

To find out who else made the top 20 then please checkout the infographic below:

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Should I Buy an Electric or Propane Forklift?

You are given many choices when buying a new forklift for your business. You will find many brands that with the right care and maintenance will last for many years. One important choice you will have is the fuel source. The most popular forklifts are propane and electric. You should completely understand all the benefits of both before making a decision. Cost is also an important factor in your decision as well. You will need a forklift that will meet all the needs of your daily production and that will fit into your budget. A propane forklift has a lower up front cost than an electric, and they also have a lower life cycle cost. Maintenance for propane forklifts are usually cheaper than electric. It is also known that the engine in a propane forklift will last twice as long as those on an electric forklift, which will save you money over the life of the equipment on replacement parts.

Maintenance

Besides being cheaper to maintain than an electric forklift, propane forklifts can be easier to maintain and keep working properly. The fewer engine deposits that propane produces helps lower maintenance requirements and costs. This means your budget will stretch further because of the longer lasting engine. If power is an issue for you, propane will be what you will want because they maintain a consistent power ratios at 100 percent during operation. You will be able to transfer loads faster because of more torque that propane forklifts offers, which means getting the job done faster, and increasing productivity. You will also not have to worry about your power supply running low with a propane forklift. They can also push heavy loads better and faster and on an incline or over rough terrain.

Fuel Issues

Once the power supply is out on an electric forklift, it will have to be plugged back in and then you will have to wait for hours while it recharges. But, when a propane forklift runs out, all you do is change the tank for a new one and go on about your business. This only takes a few minutes and means that a tank of propane will last longer than the charge on an electric forklift. A propane forklift can operate nonstop for approx. eight hours on a tank of propane.

Environmental Issues

Propane is considered a green fuel with little to no impact on the environment. Propane burns clean and is nontoxic so it can be used for both outdoor and indoor uses. Propane will not evaporate into the air so you there will be no damage to the ozone layer.

Depending upon the source of your electricity, an electric forklift can have a huge impact on the environment and our natural resources. If you are into going green and protecting our environment and its natural resources, propane is the obvious best choice. Propane powered forklifts have a lot of advantages over the electric ones. You may have to check into the restrictions on propane forklifts as there are some areas they are not approved for use, like where food is handled. But propane forklifts, in most places will be your best choice. You will save lots of money, your productivity will be increased and you can do more with less. When shopping for a new forklift, look into the huge variety of brands that are offered that use propane power to see if they can benefit you.

Griffis Gas is a Jacksonville propane company offering commercial, residential and industrial services. Griffis Gas offers propane appliances and accessories including water heaters, fireplaces and generators.

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Forklift Safety

Forklift Truck Training

It’s worth constantly remembering that safety with forklifts is of the utmost importance as they can be extremely dangerous in the wrong hands.

Forklifts are industrial vehicles made to take the place of manual lifting and manual work. There are two “forks” or arms located at the front of the vehicle that are used to lift, lower, stack and unstack heavy loads. The loads are usually stacked on top of wooden pallets that the arms or forks fit into to bring a large quantity of things up or down at once. The drivers cause almost 50% of accidents involving forklifts. Normally, the driver has hit a pedestrian. Therefore, forklifts and people should not be in the vicinity of each other.

Some other forklift related accidents include:

  • Forklift tipping over and overturning
  • Collision with other vehicles or stationary objects
  • Part of the operator’s body leaning out of the cabin and hitting an object
  • The load falling off the pallets

There are things that can be done by the employee to reduce the number of forklift accidents. First, the driver should always perform a pre-safety check of the vehicle before operating. Once the driver sees that all is in tact, while driving the vehicle the driver should use safe handling procedures of the load. This includes paying close attention to the load limit of each particular forklift. Since forklifts are a gas-powered vehicle, gasoline limits and storage should be carefully observed. In addition to safe fuel use, the battery also needs to be handled and cared for properly to ensure safety.

Here are a few safety procedures that should be followed by all employees. Some of them may seem like common sense, but they are so important that they are in need of repeating.

  • Passengers on forklifts to be strictly forbidden, unless there is a separate seat provided with a restraint
  • Other people kept clear when forklift is operating
  • Operator should take care when moving between artificial and natural light
  • Load made secure and lowered to safe centre of gravity before carrying
  • Sudden stops and starts are to be avoided
  • No part of the operator’s body to protrude beyond the overhead protection
  • Ramps not to be used unless the forklift operator is trained in their use
  • Operator to remain seated and secured at all times
  • Forklift to operate within a designated area, separate from pedestrians
  • Operator to remain in the cabin when a forklift overturns

Most importantly:

PEOPLE SHOULD NEVER BE RAISED ON THE FORKLIFT OR THE PALLETS

IF THERE IS NO OTHER WAY TO LIFT A WORKER, A PROPER WORK PLATFORM MUST BE USED

In addition to checking the vehicle daily for safety hazards, the workplace should also be checked for the following:

  • Power-lines
  • Blind corners
  • Pedestrian areas
  • Low doorways
  • Uneven floors
  • Ramps
  • Overhead pipes and fittings
  • Confined spaces
  • Adequate lighting
  • Noise

Above all else, a training coarse must be completed before attempting to drive or operate a forklift. Besides formal instruction, the training must include practical training (such as demonstrations) and an evaluation of the operator in the workplace to assure that he can operate the forklift safely. Initial training content must consist of both truck-related topics and workplace-related topics.

Some truck-related topics include:

  • Operating instructions, warnings and precautions specific to the trucks the employee will be authorized to operate
  • Differences between the truck and a car
  • Truck controls and instrumentation
  • Engine or motor operation
  • Steering and maneuvering
  • Visibility
  • Fork and attachment adaptation, operation and use limitations;
  • Vehicle capacity
  • Vehicle stability
  • Any vehicle inspection and maintenance that the operator must perform;
  • Refueling and/or charging and recharging of batteries
  • Operating limitations
  • Any other information from the forklift operator’s manual.

Some workplace related topics include:

  • Surface conditions where the vehicle will be operated
  • Composition of loads and load stability
  • Load manipulation, stacking and unstacking
  • Pedestrian traffic
  • Narrow aisles and other restricted places where the vehicle will be operated
  • Any hazardous (classified) locations, such as flammable storage areas, where the vehicle will be operated
  • Ramps and other sloped surfaces;
  • Closed environments and other areas where insufficient ventilation or poor vehicle maintenance could cause a buildup of carbon monoxide or diesel exhaust; and
  • Other unique or potentially hazardous environmental conditions in the workplace.

It may seem like a huge list but if anything this shows the need to constantly refresh your training to ensure that mistakes don’t happen.

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German Forklift Safety Video

You really should take more care and get the proper training when operating a Forklift truck and in this German video Klaus shows us how not to go about things!

It really is quite funny until you remember how some people can behave when incorrectly trained or when they don’t think. Is it time for your refresher course?

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Man freed after forklift truck tips over

On Tuesday 28th May 2013 fire crews were called to the Stewart Milne building site in Kirkhill Rise, Gorebridge, Midlothian on reports of a forklift truck tipping over and trapping a main in the cab of the truck.

The 21 year old had hurt his spine and chest as a result of the accident and have to be removed on a spinal board once the firefighters had smashed the glass and removed the seat. The man was then taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmarybut his injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

Stories like this are quite common and show that it’s important to keep an eye on safety at all times as when dealing with heavy machinery it doesn’t take much for something to go wrong.

The man may have been a complete novice or could have been working with trucks for years but it outlines the need for adequate training of not only the operation of forklifts but also of health and safety to ensure operators are up to date on all the latest legislation and techniques and are maintaining the correct standards of operation at an acceptable level.

How can a forklift tip over?

There’s no information available on how the accident happened but there are only two ways a forklift can tip over and that’s forwards or sideways.

Main Causes of Sideways Tip-Over (Lateral Instability)

  • Turning at speed
  • Turning with an elevated load
  • Turning on an incline
  • Driving over obstacles
  • Driving into potholes
  • Lifting a load while sideways on a slope
  • Live loads
  • Lifting a load off centre
  • Incorrect use of the sideshift

Main Causes of Forwards Tip-Over (Longitudinal Instability)

  • Overloading
  • Undercutting (Extended load centre)
  • Lifting with forward tilt on the mast
  • Harsh accelerating/braking
  • Rough use of the hydraulic controls
  • Travelling the wrong way on a slope
  • Live loads
  • Hitting overhead obstacles

What to do if your forklift is tipping over

Never jump off of a forklift if you feel it tipping as you will more likely end up worse off and could get pinned under it.

If the forklift is tipping over, protect yourself by staying put:

  • Stay in your seat and do not attempt to jump off.
  • Lean away from the falling direction of the lift.
  • Hold onto the steering wheel and make sure you’re stable.

Your never want to lean toward your fall. You should hold onto the steering wheel, make sure you’re stable and lean away from your falling direction.

Forklift Tipping

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